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Actor Mike Evans turned his success story into a book titled "The Actor's Attitude" and, according to his website, he'd like to be your personal coach. We'll let you read what you think of the book on your own.

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In July 1974, Evans met Helena Jefferson (June 18, 1952 – September 11, 2002). They married on January 10, 1976. On September 11, 2002, Helena Evans died of breast cancer after she was diagnosed on February 24, 2001.

Four years after her death, Evans died of throat cancer at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, California, at the age of 57. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In 1948, Evans married Pat Wedgewood. The couple had two sons (Nick and Christopher), and divorced in 1983. His second wife, Pat Sigris Evans, died in 1995, with whom he had no children. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Clean cut and smoothly handsome as a youth, Mike Evans got on board the Norman Lear TV train in the early 1970s and took a straight ride to sitcom stardom in both a landmark comedy series and its black-oriented spin-off. Born Michael Jonas Evans in Salisbury, North Carolina, on November 3, 1949, his dentist father and school instructor mother moved the family to Los Angeles when Mike was quite young. Graduating from Los Angeles High School, he attended Los Angeles City College before his abrupt TV success. Landing the role of black next-door neighbor Lionel Jefferson in Lear's iconic sitcom All in the Family (1971) was a lucky fluke -- something every fledgling actor should get to experience. In fact, Mike was still attending acting school when he was cast in the 1971 show at age 21. The series altered the course of TV comedy while tackling many then-taboo subjects, including racial prejudice. Due to the quality of the cast and writing, the series managed to thoroughly engage and entertain an audience despite being fronted by a blue-collar bigot in the form of Archie Bunker (played by the great Carroll O'Connor). As the calm, intelligent, level-headed Lionel, son of hothead George (Sherman Hemsley) and his beleaguered wife, Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford), Lionel's liberal-minded stance was more akin to Archie's live-in younger generation. As friend to Archie's daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Mike, Lionel had to somehow tolerate his grouchy neighbor's exasperating politically incorrect banter but made up for it with clever, carefully worded digs at the often-clueless Archie. During the run of the show, Mike also boosted his visibility with the TV movies Killer by Night (1972), Call Her Mom (1972), and Voyage of the Yes (1973), costarring Desi Arnaz Jr., not to mention the Disney family comedy feature Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972), starring Kurt Russell. The hit series spun the Jefferson clan into its own "moving-on-up" sitcom The Jeffersons (1975) four years later. The "moving on up" was from Queens to a "deluxe apartment" in Manhattan, where the burgeoning, financially successful George now held court as head intolerant. Mike's character eventually met and fell for Jenny, the beautiful product of an interracial marriage. This became a major source of combustible comedy material that initially fed the new sitcom. In the meantime, Mike and writing partner Eric Monte also cocreated and were writing for another Lear sitcom, Good Times (1974), which was a spin-off of Lear's comedy hit Maude (1972), which in turn was a spin-off of sitcom daddy All in the Family (1971). The major responsibilities and hardships of writing for "Good Times", which became one of the first TV sitcoms to feature a primarily African American cast in quite some time, took its toll, and Mike began making fewer appearances as Lionel. In fact, he left the role completely in the fall of 1975 after only eight months to focus on his writing and was replaced by actor Damon Evans (no relation to Mike), who inhabited the part for four seasons. Mike eventually reclaimed the part in 1979 after the cancellation of "Good Times". His character of Lionel, however, had dwindled so significantly in importance that he left the show again in 1981, this time for good. The family show ended its long run in 1985 after a decade. Mike took on a low profile after his 1970s successes and was not seen onscreen again. By this time he had delved into Southern California real estate. He died of throat cancer in 2006 at age 57 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, California. (Source: www.imdb.com)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif., Dec. 22 (AP) — Mike Evans, an actor best known for playing Lionel Jefferson on the 1970s sitcom “All in the Family” and its popular spinoff “The Jeffersons,” died at his mother’s home here on Dec. 14. He was 57. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

In July 1974, Evans met Helena Jefferson (June 18, 1952 – September 11, 2002). They married on January 10, 1976. On September 11, 2002, Evans lost his wife to breast cancer after she was diagnosed on February 24, 2001. Four years after her death, Evans died of throat cancer at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, California at the age of 57. (Source: alchetron.com)

This is a shocking story of Mike Evans, told by his daughter, Carlena. Evans played Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons. He also created the sitcom, Good Times. Yet he died broke in 2006 at age 57. (Source: thelifeandtimesofhollywood.com “He died in December of ’06 and it’s interesting because he actually died of throat cancer. He was a smoker [and he died] without a tongue in his mouth, broke and very miserable. And so uh, it was actually quite a sad and tragic death and he ultimately died in his mother’s house.“ (Source:thelifeandtimesofhollywood.com))

Carlena said things eventually started to change after she said God told her to just up and go to L.A. where her sister, Tammy (who’s also Mike Evan’s daughter), was living in their Grandmother’s home. That was the same home that their Dad, died in. (Source: thelifeandtimesofhollywood.com)

Carlena ended up having to sleep in the same room her dad died in and that’s when she said that felt that his ‘spirit’ apparently talked to her and asked her to save his land and his home, that had just been burglarized and about to be foreclosed. She said that’s when she realized that in death he not only needed her, but actually finally accepted her and that’s when she was able to fully forgive him. Although she doesn’t have any interests whatsoever in his home (her sister, Tammy owns all of her father’s properties), she felt compelled, as his daughter, to try to help save the land, despite the fact that she herself was financially strained. (Source: thelifeandtimesofhollywood.com)

Mike Evans (November 3, 1949 – December 14, 2006) was an American actor who is known for playing Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Mike Evans stopped playing Lionel Jefferson after the first season of The Jeffersons but came back to play Lionel for seasons six, seven, and eight. Evans helped write the sitcom Good Times. Evans died of throat cancer in 2006 at age 57.[1] (Source: worddisk.com)

Mike Evans (November 3, 1949 – December 14, 2006) was an American actor who is known for playing Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Mike Evans stopped playing Lionel Jefferson after the first season of The Jeffersons but came back to play Lionel for seasons six, seven, and eight. Evans helped write the sitcom Good Times. Evans died of throat cancer in 2006 at age 57. (Source: kids.kiddle.co)

 

 

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